Sunday, April 8, 2018

Authorities: Airplane landed on Sullivan's Island beach so pilot could take photos

Local and federal authorities have determined the reason an airplane landed on a Sullivan's Island beach Saturday morning: the pilot wanted to take photographs. 

The aircraft, identified as a Piper PA-12 single-engine airplane, landed around 8:20 a.m. in the area of Station 28, according to Jim Peters, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. 

"Police say that the pilot took photos and then the aircraft took off from the beach," Peters said. "There were no injuries reported. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate."

Police were dispatched to the scene but the airplane took off before officers arrived, said Andy Benke, town administrator for Sullivan's Island. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether the landing was legal, Peters said.

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